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Gender imbalance in children’s literature, study finds

A fly-by update to point you in the direction of a Guardian article which reports on a study which reveals the gender imbalance in children’s literature.

Looking at almost 6,000 children’s books published between 1900 and 2000, the study, led by Janice McCabe, a professor of sociology at Florida State University, found that males are central characters in 57% of children’s books published each year, with just 31% having female central characters. Male animals are central characters in 23% of books per year, the study found, while female animals star in only 7.5%

I am yet to read the study myself, but I will report back when I have done so.

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